The CRC Academy has a combination of self-paced and live classes designed to teach students what they will actually encounter in their career as a CRC. Some examples of topics we help students master are source and regulatory documents, investigational product accountability, site selection, site initiation, protocol deviations, patient safety, and more. When our program and internship have been successfully completed, students will receive customized resumes with a skillset to match and industry experience to prominently showcase!
The CRC Academy blends the theoretical with the practical and we pride ourselves on our hands on approach to teaching. We worked very closely with employers and other clinical research stakeholders when we were designing this class. Through our large network of study sites and industry employers, we are constantly learning what skills or “competencies” are necessary for a student's successful outcomes as a functioning and versatile study coordinator . Our curriculum is developed and revised on an ongoing basis per our internal continuous improvement processes. When one embarks on The CRC Academy journey, progress is measured by attainment of the pragmatic skills and competencies identified by the clinical research industry as necessary. The CRC Academy is designed to teach its students to be generalists, capable of taking on any and all tasks that are commonly required of a coordinator, as well as many other roles in the industry. Our program provides students with practical knowledge, qualifications, and the experience to effectively use these new skills in the clinical research world.
The CRC Academy combines the convenience of online, self paced training, with live weekly study sessions which fosters a spirit of collaboration and pragmatism. National and international l students alike are welcome to partake in our academy and join the ranks of hundreds of graduates in our alumni network. This hybrid model allows for convenience, flexibility, and collaboration, and ensures all the opportunity to succeed in this industry. No previous medical or research experience is required. Welcome to the journey, we are honored to jumpstart your clinical research career!
Coming to The CRC Academy was really a great step in the right direction for me. Without a science background, I learnt how to run the day-to-day management of clinical trials from start-up to close-out even whilst still in training.
I consider the CRC/CRA Academy a great place to learn, especially for anyone wanting to have a career in Clinical Research.
– Olufunke Odumade
I will forever be thankful for the CRC Academy - though this is often said hyperbolically, I can genuinely say my experience in the program changed my life.
The layout of the classes is helpful when you're working full time - there are pre-recorded sessions you can view each week in order to prepare for the live online classes.
– Samantha Anderson
I will start by saying that meeting Monica was one of the best things that ever happened to me. Before I joined The CRC Academy, I had so many questions, but to my greatest surprise, Monica answered all my questions.
She was very patient with me. Through out the training she was always available to answer my questions.
– Francisca Onosu
In order to pursue a career in Clinical Research, I was looking for a good institute to learn to dive in this vast industry and I was recommended by a friend to join the CRC Academy, which I joined in October 2020.
It was such a wonderful experience to witness the passion the Instructor & the co-founder of the CRC Academy, Monica Cuitiva, brought to each class. She ensured that everyone attending the class was fully involved just like her. While taking the classes I felt like working on the site since every class was so well planned and focused on the practical aspects and steps involved in the day-to-day management of the clinical trials from the trial start-up to the close-out.
– Muhammad Hussain
Fast forward - through my connection with Monica, I was able to get a remote Regulatory Specialist internship before completing the course. This lasted for 2 months before I was promoted to part-time contractor and was able to add "Study Coordinator" to my title as well.
By the time I finished the CRC Academy, I was being paid to work a job that I continue to love! Within 2 months of finishing the academy, I had already been offered a full-time position as a Regulatory Coordinator at a world-renowned oncology hospital, which I will be starting at the end of the month.
– Samantha Anderson
A CRC or clinical research coordinator is the backbone of every clinical trial. Study Coordinators (SC another name for CRCs) are the primary point of contact for most studies. They serve as the main liaison between the research site and CRAs. CRAs are responsible for monitoring study sites for protocol and GCP compliance. The responsibilities typically placed upon a CRC seem to be ever-increasing within the industry. Simultaneously, the short supply of well-trained coordinators is one of the largest pain points in the clinical research industry. The solution for many study sites is to hire inexperienced coordinators and attempt to train them. While this is a logical strategy, the new trainees oftentimes get in the way of the Site’s workflow, causing frustration from all stakeholders. We created The Clinical Research Coordinator Academy to alleviate these challenges for sites and prospective CRCs.
Each weekly topic consists of a corresponding weekly video module, followed by a weekly live webinar, for a total of two classes per week. The weekly module is to be reviewed on your own time and the live class is intended to discuss the module in depth and answer any student questions. For the last two weeks of class, the coursework will be expanded to three classes each week, as we will also provide career development classes. There will be additional homework assignments for certain weeks of the course. Students are expected to commit an average of 5 hours of study time per week to the academy. Instructors are available during standard workweek hours via email, telephone, or our class chatroom powered by Slack.
Dan has owned and operated clinical research sites since 2005 when he learned how to be a clinical research coordinator out of necessity due to the opportunity that he found himself in.
Since then, Dan has served as a clinical research associate, clinical trial manager, site director, and external auditor amongst other things. Dan blogs daily on his Youtube and various other social media platforms and considers himself an ambassor to clinical research.
Monica started her career in the clinical research industry in 2014, bringing prior experience in healthcare and marketing in various positions.
She started as a clinical research recruiter and worked her way to Clinical research coordinator, rater, site director, Co-founder of LICR, The CRC Academy, The Clinical Research Circle & Co-own Clarity Clinical Research.
She finds joy in spending time with her husband, family & dog, traveling, reading books, doing outdoor sports, listening to podcasts, trying exotic foods, and going to the movies (thriller movies are her favorite).
Chris Sauber started in the research industry as a study coordinator and from what he learned in that position has transitioned to a site owner / consultant / CRA / project manager / chief operations officer / and vice president of DSCS Sweat Equity & Investments.
Through his investments and operations company, DSCS, Chris advises research sites, CROs and pharmaceutical sponsors on their clinical research needs.
He enjoys spending time with his family and dogs, trying prime steak houses, and making sarcastic jokes!
Kasey started as an office manager and quickly worked her way into a clinical research coordinator and eventually a site director role for 2 different clinical trial sites.
Kasey has also served as a neurocognitive rater as well as an external auditor. Kasey works closely with both the CRC and CRA Academies and is in charge of the internship components of our various online training platforms.
10 Years of clinical industry experience and 4 years in clinical research.
Sr. RSM II at a Global CRO, Owner of The AM Approach and Co-founder of LICR
Graduated from UTRGV with a Bachelor’s in Biology, Associate in Psychology.
In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, exploring natural rural gems, and spending time with her family.
Raul has been involved in the Clinical research industry since 2019, bringing an extensive experience from the medical equipment field.
It was after taking The CRC Academy class that his interest in the clinical research industry became a passion. He then became The CRC Academy Business development manager. Later, his entrepreneurial mindset kicked in, and he decided to open his own site; this adventure led him to taste many levels of the clinical research world.
Aside from work, he enjoys being a husband and a dad in his spare time; he loves travelling, longboarding, SUP, snowboarding, and eating ice cream!
One access to the course has been granted, there will be no refunds. If a student for some reason is unable to complete the quarter, we can make arrangements to place them in the following quarter's class.